NEWS – Sept 17:
1. The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has pulled out of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and will become an independent party.
– SAPP has 2 MPs and 4 State reps.
– 2 of the State reps disagreed with the pull-out and have quit SAPP, and perhaps rejoin another BN party later.
“SAPP hereby proudly disassociates ourselves from these shameful wrongdoings of the BN government. SAPP further believes that the BN is not capable of practising good governance and non-racial politics.”
2. Pak Lah is now the new Defence Minister while Najib takes over the Finance Minister post. With this, Najib was also appointed the new deputy chairman for Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
3. The swapping of portfolio is part of the Umno transition of power which is planned for 2010, but the transition could happen earlier than 2010 depending on the situation, and that it would not exceed that year.
4. ‘He (Anwar) has become a threat to the economy and possibly (national) security,’ warned Pak Lah.
5. Pak Lah says Anwar’s letter only mentioned national security, the leadership and problems on morality and politics and had not touched on the transfer of power to Pakatan Rakyat.
6. ISA detainee Teresa Kok has lodged a police report against Malay-language newspaper Utusan, its columnist Zaini Hassan and former Selangor Chief Minister Khir Toyo.
7. Popular blogger Syed Azidi Syed Aziz (aka Kickdefella.wordpress.com) was arrested in Kota Baru before being taken to Kuala Lumpur by the police. His wife believes that he was arrested for sedition.
8. PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz is confident Anwar will succeed in his plan to take over the Federal Government.
9. The ACA has begun investigations into claims by BN MPs that they are being offered money by Pakatan Rakyat to cross-over.
10. Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Khir Toyo confirmed going for Umno Youth’s top post. The other candidate is Mukhriz mahathir, son of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed.
11. Sex-scandalled former Health minister, Chua Soi Lek will contest the MCA deputy president’s post. This is a straight fight with Housing Minister Ong Ka Chuan, brother of the current MCA president. The presidential candidates this time are Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat and another former Health Minister Chua Jui Meng.
12. A Muslim NGO, Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), has come out strongly to condemn the ISA detentions of Teresa Kok, Raja Petra and others. It has also questioned the detention of journalist Tan Hoon Cheng.
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CNN reports: Malaysia PM says he might resign before 2010
Channelnewsasia / AFP: PM says may step down earlier
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